March 1, 2021
Professor Rey Pens Anthology
(Submitted by Danielle Collins, Public & Media Relations)
Silvia Maria Rey, an adjunct professor in the Modern Languages Department, released her first book “In the Eyes of the Beholder: Literary Interpretations of an Artist’s Work” last semester. The 156-page book is an exploration of the symbiotic relationship between viewing a work of art and the emotions and memories it evokes and features full-page color reproductions of the artwork. It is an anthology of 45 stories based on 15 pieces of the author’s artwork and published by Xlibris. To produce the stories, 30 writers were sent an image with no other information except to produce a piece of writing between 500 – 750 words. In order to not influence their writing, the 15 stories written by Rey were also not shared with the other writers until their own pieces had been completed. The resulting works span a wide range of topics, genres, and writing styles; but each piece is unique and have nothing to do with the artist’s original intent in creating the artwork, proving the seminal point of the book that the interpretation of any piece of art is "truly in the eyes of the beholder."